Class description

Discover the art of pen turning in our engaging and hands-on Pen Turning Workshop, perfect for those new to woodturning. This workshop covers the basics of pen making, from understanding the tools and materials to hands-on practice on a lathe. You’ll have the opportunity to create a variety of pens and leave the class with your own handcrafted project. Our expert instructor will guide you through each step, ensuring you gain the skills and confidence needed to continue woodturning independently. Whether you’re a complete novice or have some experience, this workshop offers an enjoyable and educational experience designed to foster your new hobby.

Course Objectives and Outcomes

  • Understand the fundamentals of pen turning and the necessary tools.
  • Gain hands-on experience using a lathe to create different types of pens.
  • Develop skills to continue practicing pen turning on your own.
  • Complete a personalized pen project to take home.


Every pen you craft is a treasure to take home. As you shape, refine, and assemble each one, not only do you create a functional writing instrument, but you also acquire valuable skills and share memorable experiences within our community of pen makers. And at the end of the day, you get to take these cherished pens home with you.


PPE will be supplied however students wishing to bring their own should come with a face mask, safety glasses or goggles and earmuffs or earplugs.

Closed shoes are a mandatory requirement for all students.

Those with their own turning chisels should also bring them along to get better accustomed at using them but we also supply all tools if you don’t have any.

We have a kitchen onsite with fridge and microwave for those that want to bring their own food, and there are also takeaway options within walking distance.

WORK SHOP location

12 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW

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  • Tickets $230

Gift Card

  • Your recipient chooses the class and date
  • Use on any of our classes at any location

About David Lim

David divides his time between making with wood and teaching at Wood Academy and Timberbits. David has made over 26,000 pens and thousands of boxes, which are sold through Wood Galleries around Australia and China. David believes in continuous lifelong learning and has spent many hours with different Master Makers from Australia and around the world. David's preference is to make smaller artifacts out of highly figured Australian timbers, which he mainly directly sources from Tasmania.
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